So, Sharkette sent me out to pick up some soap at Sam’s Club today. Personal hygiene is exceedingly important, especially if you are in charge of multiple babies prone to spit, vomit, and poop. Driving past the Decatur Public Library, out of the corner of my little eye, I spied:
To the true bibliophile, they might as well have given gasoline to an arsonist or handed out Bud Light at an AA meeting: a used book sale sign gets them every time. I immediately commenced a U-turn maneuver, doubled-parked, and blocked in the Book Mobile. Actually, I didn’t do any of those things, I just said that for dramatic effect. But I did decide to investigate the book sale while grabbing my handy Friends of the Decatur Public Library canvas tote bag!
You see when you carry around a canvas tote bag, whose sale supports your local library, you automatically say to the world, “I can read, and I promote literacy.”
As I walked through the doors I got a welcome surprise: today was fill-up-a-grocery-paper-bag-with-books-for-$5-dollars-each day! Not only that, it was Non-Fiction Day! Say it ain’t so, librarian? Some of you might know that I’m a huge fan of non-fiction, so this was pretty much close to bibliophile nirvana for me.
I felt like a bandit hauling away three bags worth of books for only $15 dollars, but this was truly a win-win situation for everybody involved. The Friends of the Decatur Library got some more cash to support their operations, and I got thousands of pages worth of reading. What was even more encouraging was the amount of people, including plenty of children, that were hauling away books. It’s heart-warming to know that in this age of cellphones, the internet, and television, people still enjoy turning the pages of a good book!